Putting a twist on a familiar jingle, WSBE Rhode Island PBS asks, "Hi, Neighbor! Have a 'Gansett memory?" The public television station invites the community to share visual media of the Narragansett Brewing Company for its upcoming original one-hour
Putting a twist on a familiar jingle, WSBE Rhode Island PBS asks, “Hi, Neighbor! Have a ‘Gansett memory?” The public television station invites the community to share visual media of the Narragansett Brewing Company for its upcoming original one-hour documentary about the historic Rhode Island institution. The film, titled “Hi Neighbor! The Story of the Narragansett Brewing Company,” premieres this summer.
Opened in 1890, the Narragansett Brewery had been a staple of Rhode Island culture for more than a century. The new documentary will explore the history of the brewery, from its humble beginnings to its rise to a multi-million-dollar corporation, its decline and recent resurgence -- and who better to tell the story of Narragansett Brewery than the people who were there?
“We hope to get some footage that can only come from the neighbors, employees and their families,” said John H. Smith, the film’s producer and direector. “The buildings are gone. The landscape changed. Many Rhode Islanders may not remember where the brewery was originally located on the Cranston-Providence line. But we’re banking on those who do remember – and have home movies, too.”
Smith asks the community to submit visual media – moving pictures especially – that show the Narragansett Brewery and its impact on Rhode Island culture. For this project, the production team is looking for home movies, video tape or digital videos, although photos are also welcome.
The submissions chosen for use in the documentary will be digitized by Rhode Island PBS. While no compensation is available, film credit will be given in the documentary to the owner of the media. Owners will also receive a copy of the digitized media for their own home collection.
Media can be delivered by mail or physical drop off at the station at 50 Park Lane, Providence, RI 02907. Arrangements can also be made to deliver media by email if it is already digitized.
For answers to questions about media submissions or the documentary project, please visit the project website at ripbs.org.
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